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Michel Bollinger

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"Please do not touch the drapes. Or the windows."

You. As in the protagonist of the story, who woke up in the decrepit old mansion with no idea of who you are. The maid claims you to be the master of the mansion, returned at last. In a quest to regain your identity, she makes you witness all the terrible tragedies that took place in these halls.

In reality, "you" are Michel Bollinger from the year 1099, the youngest son of the Bollinger family. Born intersex, you were raised as a female until your teenage years, when puberty turned your body more male. Considered an abomination by your family, your father planned to kill you but thanks to your brothers you escaped. You are eventually killed on your mother's orders and your soul wanders around lost for the next 900 years before making its way to the mansion again.

  • Angelic Beauty: Played with. Michel's parents named him Michelle in homage to the Archangel Michael due to his beautiful but unusual features of white hair and reddish eyes. In Morgana's time, several characters mistake Michel for an angel, most notably The Swordsman and Morgana herself. Curiously, Michel being intersexual creates a symbolism to the biblical angels, who are always presented as male, but are essentially sexless.
  • Brutal Honesty: Despite having a genuinely good soul, if you've done something wrong, Michel is not one to let it slide without comment. Especially apparent when he confronts Mell and Nellie over the former's cowardice in Morgana's time.
  • Byronic Hero: Played with, but subverted. Michel checks off most of the boxes, including intelligence, emotional sensitivity, a closed-off exterior due to jadedness, introspection and a desire to live life his own way (well, by his preferred gender) going against the standards of his time. However, Michel's strong moral character and inability to hold a grudge against those who mistreat him ultimately makes him a subversion.
  • Covert Pervert: Inwardly, Michel is fairly frank with himself about his sexuality and the craving for physical intimacy his condition has deprived him of. Outwardly, you wouldn't guess it from his angelic appearance, aloof, serene, detached manner and social awkwardness. Then again, Mell is pretty convinced that Michel is a "mind-in-the-gutter" kind of guy, which, depending on player choices, might not be far from the truth. He also freely admits late in the game and in the backstage bonus that he is a fan of big breasts.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: He is stabbed by several knights, whom are led by none other than his older brother, and then has his body crucified and burned by his mother.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Being crucified as a "witch" - by his own brother, no less - might have been the last of it, but it certainly wasn't the worst. After spending his entire childhood experiencing gender dysphoria and only realising what was wrong upon developing a masculine body at puberty, Michel spent two years isolated and tortured within his own home before being exiled to the titular house. He spent years in isolation before inadvertently waking Morgana's ghost, and spent the next few years enduring her insistence that he should let her curse his parents, which he never wanted no matter what they'd done to him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: No, really. This particularly comes out in him when he travels back to Morgana's time.
  • Face of a Thug: Inverted. Michel has an otherworldly beauty about him, but this does him no favors and the effect is the same. Amusingly played straight when people don't make note of his unearthly appearance, though: then he's just a Perpetual Frowner who can't smile and unwittingly scares people.
  • Fratricide: He is killed by a group of knights led by his older brother Didier.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Admittedly prefers to keep his distance from people (which is understandable, given the experiences he had in life) and can be very blunt, even when he's attempting to help another character come to terms with their mistakes. Still, Michel is not the type to hold a grudge, and it is his actions that play the largest role freeing everyone from the mansion.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Shown during his Requiem chapter with Imeon.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He is killed by being impaled with multiple spears.
  • Intersex Tribulations: Given the pre-medieval medicine, Michel's household can't understand his seemingly supernatural transformation, generally believing him to be cursed or demonic.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Played for Drama. Michel, who had been raised to believe he was a girl and isolated from such topics as male and female sex, firmly believes that he is a normal man and does not immediately realize what's... abnormal with his body. It takes him demanding a terrified servant to strip down and bare himself for it to click.
  • Laughing Mad: Cackles like a madman when he takes a good, long look at himself in the mirror and realizes that his body has begun, at last, to develop masculine qualities. Quite literally a case of Who's Laughing Now? — he identified as male all along, but everyone else patronizingly dealt with him as if he were a fragile, delusional little girl.
  • Lethal Chef: Combined with Dreadful Musician. In Nellie's words, "How on earth do you manage to turn a pie into this monstrosity?!"
  • Messy Hair: Has unkempt hair, probably due to being on his own for such a long time.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Played for Laughs if you have Michel choose the last and most hysterical answer to the question of which of the story's girls you like the most.
  • Mystical White Hair: Invoked by other characters describing Michel's beauty, though he always insists he is merely a man.
  • NEET: Fits the bill by technicality, and the other characters mercilessly grill him for this in the backstage bonus materials, even calling him "King NEET".
  • No Social Skills: Over a decade of living alone in a cursed mansion with only the disembodied voice of a malevolent witch for company has left Michel a little bit lacking in social grace. He gets better with Giselle's help, but that's still a hell of a mountain to climb.
    Michel: Do you think someone who spent thirteen years in isolation knows the first thing about holding a pleasant conversation!?
  • Official Couple: With Giselle.
  • Older Than They Look: Michel, who's 27, is assumed by Giselle to be quite a bit younger on account of his moody personality and otherworldly appearance. A few other characters mistake him for a much younger man, too. Morgana opines in the backstage extra that spending thirteen years as a recluse must have stunted his mental development.
  • Precision F-Strike: Gives one to Aimee after his liberating epiphany, in front of his entire family.
    Michel: Don't be so damned full of yourself. I have no interest in a whore like you.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Assuming the main story takes place in the present day, he is somewhere around 940 years old, though as a spirit he no longer ages.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Nearly every character connects Michel's name to the archangel Michael.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Morgana and Jacopo despite everything.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: While he initially had a crush on Aimee and player choices can imply he finds other women attractive, he really only has eyes for Giselle.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Michel is apparently pronounced the same way as "Michelle", which was Michel's birth name; he dropped the last two letters in young adulthood to better reflect his male identity.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Again, with Giselle.
  • Touch of Death: His "Curse" in the fourth door. Subverted, as door 4's story was a fabrication and Michel never truly had a deathly touch.
  • Trauma Button: Parsnips. During Aimee's torture of him, she would constantly feed him parsnips that weren't fit for dogs to eat.
  • Trans Tribulations: Due to being intersex, Michel was thought to be female at birth and raised accordingly, but experienced gender dysphoria from an early age. His identity doesn't click for him until he gains a masculine figure at puberty. After that, his backstory consists almost entirely of him being imprisoned and misgendered by his family, not only for his changed body but for his insistence that he is a man and always has been. Even when he should be allowed to return home as promised after his father's death, his final declaration that he's a man and in love with a woman seals his fate, and his own mother sends the holy knights to execute him.
  • Walking Spoiler: His very nature as the protagonist of the game. It is very hard to talk about Michel without spoiling some of the major twists in The House in Fata Morgana.
  • What You Are in the Dark: A deeply embittered Michel, given the chance to set loose the witch's curse upon anyone he so chooses - the mother who denied him his identity, the father who wanted him dead, the brothers who abandoned him, the evil young woman who tortured him - chooses not to. This never changes: although the player can determine one of many fates for Michel, this one point is something he never budges on, no matter how far he falls into despair.
  • When He Smiles: For how seldom Michel smiles, Giselle points out late-game that when he does it looks quite nice.


    The Maid 

"No matter what happens, you mustn't let go of my hand."
Click here to see her in 1099 
The friendly, yet somewhat disturbing Maid, who is present when You first wake in the mansion. She seems to have made it her mission to help You remember your rightful place as the mansion's master.

In reality, she is Giselle from the year 1099, originally a servant of the Bollinger family until she was banished to Michel's mansion. She and Michel eventually grow closer and become lovers over the course of a year until he is killed, after which she accepts Morgana's offer to become The Ageless in the hope of meeting Michel's reincarnation one day.

  • Character Narrator: For most of the story, until the fifth door.
  • Complete Immortality: She cannot die of old age, be killed, or even kill herself as long as she is under Morgana's curse.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: As the Maid.
  • Empty Shell: What Morgana tried to form her into after the events of Michel's death.
  • I Will Wait for You: Practically embodies this trope, especially as the Maid. She is willing to wait for all eternity to reunite with Michel.
  • Leitmotif: She has two, fittingly titled "The Maid" and "Giselle" respectively.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: A pretty dark example, as her boundless energy and optimism are, in no small part, a mask to hide some rather harrowing physical and emotional scars.
  • Official Couple: With Michel.
  • Rape as Drama: She was repeatedly raped by Michel's father, eventually causing her banishment to the mansion.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has jet-black hair and unnaturally pale skin. Downplayed when she was alive, as she has the raven hair, but not quite as pale skin.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Assuming the main story takes place in the present day, she is somewhere around 930 years old, though as an ghost she no longer ages.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Again, with Michel.
  • Stepford Smiler: She was this during 1099 in order to deal with the trauma dealt to her by Michel's father and the villagers. She assumed a similar method of coping during the hundreds of years that she waited for Michel to return to the mansion, becoming the creepy, serenely smiling Maid instead of the upbeat girl she once was.
  • Trauma Button: In addition to harboring a fear of being touched by men for a while, she is utterly terrified of knives thanks to the abuse she endured at the hands of Michel's father.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Due to being turned into an undead spirit by Morgana. Even as a human, she was a Raven Hair, Ivory Skin girl.

    The White-Haired Girl 

"Then see for yourself... feel for yourself... that there is but one difference between us."
Click here to see her from Door 2 
Click here to see her from Door 3 

A mysterious young girl who appears in each of the mansion's tales. Seemingly cursed each time to a tragic fate, what could her true identity be?

She is actually the embodiment of the pure, self-sacrificing part of Morgana's soul, born when Morgana died.

  • Blind and the Beast: In 1707, she is blind and encounters Yukimasa - the "beast." The fact that she can't see him ends up saving her life.
  • Blind Seer: In Yukimasa's chapter, she is remarkably perceptive despite being blind, notably used when she guesses what turned him into "The Beast".
    Yukimasa: Why did they call me a beast?
    WHG: If I were able to see, I could surely answer all your questions. But I all I can offer you is my conjecture. I suspect that you do not come from this country. No, you do not come from this continent. You came to this continent from far, far away — perhaps even across the seas. You were in an accident, were you not? While crossing the sea.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: After Jacopo throws her out of the house and locks her in a shed, depriving her from any contact except with Maria, her mental state really begins to suffer.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: She asks Michel to kill her spirit so that she can finally return to Morgana.
  • Identical Stranger: Her resemblance to Michel endears her to Georges, as she resembles not only his brother but also the portrait Georges painted of Michel as a woman.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: No matter what cruelty befalls her, the White-Haired Girl never even thinks of striking back at her tormentors. This is because she is the good, selfless part of Morgana's soul.
  • Killed Off for Real: She is eventually destroyed by Michel at her own request so Morgana can reincarnate as a complete being in her next life.
  • Literal Split Personality: She is the embodiment of Morgana's saintly side formed shortly before her death, growing into a full soul and reincarnating multiple times while Morgana remains a ghost.
  • Love Martyr: She has shades of this throughout her incarnations, but most noticeably in 1869 as Jacopo's wife. However, it does turn out that she has her limits.
  • Meaningful Name: Her real name is Michelle; she had adopted Michel's name and appearance in all her future lives because of her admiration for him.
  • Mysterious Waif: Appears in each tale as a major catalyst in the ultimate and always tragic outcome, usually through the men's obsession with her.
  • Mystical White Hair: One of the physical traits adopted from Michel.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Of a sort, since she isn't quite Morgana's complete reincarnation due to her nature as a Literal Split Personality. Her 19th century incarnation falls in love with Jacopo, who was in love with Morgana in his first life.
  • Shrinking Violet: She is very soft-spoken and timid.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Every tale is usually a prolonged one for her.
  • Traumatic Haircut: In 1603, Nellie cuts off her hair in a jealous rage after seeing her with Mell.

    The Witch 

Click here to see her as a spirit 
"Farewell, Michel. Until our souls cross paths once more in the boundless sphere of fate..."
The evil witch, said to be residing the mansion. Her curse is supposed to bring misery upon any who enter it.

She is actually Morgana, a young girl who was persecuted and tortured for her supposed mystical healing powers.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with. She was disappointed (before the truth was revealed) that Michel came back as the passive, subservient White-Haired Girl instead of his normal surly self.
  • An Arm and a Leg: She gets her left arm cut off by the Swordsman.
  • Animal Motifs: A black or sometimes light-blue butterfly.
  • As the Good Book Says...: She curses her enemies by quoting from Psalm 143.
    Morgana: Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble. And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.
  • Big Bad: Of the original game, as she is the one who cursed the mansion and manipulates its masters into misery and villainy. She also seeks to keep Michel and Giselle apart.
  • Catchphrase: She likes to call people "my dear", particularly Michel and Giselle.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She has a few stray thoughts in this vein towards Ceren regarding Jacopo in A Requiem For Innocence, though any feelings she might have had towards him are long gone by the time of the main game.
  • Cold Ham: As the witch, she's quite haughty and carries herself theatrically, but in a much more detached and otherworldly manner than, say, Ceren or Gratien. Lampshaded by Giselle in the Backstage feature.
  • Compelling Voice: Her haunting, enticing voice makes it easier for her malevolent words to play on one's deepest, darkest desires.
  • The Corrupter: Her manipulations worked wonderfully on Giselle. Not so much on Michel.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Morgana genuinely seems to believe that Michel and Giselle are fooling themselves by trying to find happiness and that its better for them to be full of despair and vengeance against their oppressors. Torturing Giselle to become an emotionless tool of her curse saves her from any further pain and suffering, after all.
  • Cute Witch: Revealed to be quite attractive when her face is fully healed as a spirit.
    Michel: Well, look at that... you're quite pretty without your face hidden.
  • Dem Bones: Her remaining arm as a spirit is fully skeletal.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Despite being the main antagonist for most of the game, she stops opposing Michel in the final chapter. Jacopo takes the role of Big Bad for the final chapter.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: One of the main reasons she has trouble getting along with people.
  • Dying Curse: Cursed her three killers with her dying breath, which still lingers to this day.
  • Fiery Redhead: She is shown to have quite a temper (not entirely unjustified) when her real form is revealed.
  • Foil: To Michel. At birth, they were seen as blessings upon the world- Morgana with her birth coinciding with rain shower ending a drought and her miraculous blood, and Michel for his beautiful white hair and red eyes. But then later in life, they become persecuted against by those above them. Being sold to Lord Barnier for Morgana, and being locked in his room and abused by Aimee for Michel. Both of their lives ended inside the titular house, with Morgana bleeding out in the watchtower and Michel sacrificing his life to keep Giselle safe in the very same watchtower. The key difference between them is that Michel does not ever curse the ones who hurt and killed him, while Morgana instead curses her three murderers for many generations.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: Inverted. Morgana doesn't forgive Mell, Yukimasa, or Jacopo, but agrees that she's held a grudge long enough and frees their souls. Mell and Yukimasa consider her attitude about as much as can be expected, but her unresolved feelings for Jacopo make her refusal to forgive him that much more complex. Her failure to truly face the trauma of the lord and the slave being one and the same stops Jacopo's soul from moving on, and it's only Morgana's intervention that saves it from oblivion. The act of doing so ensures their paths cross again in the next life, and it's only there that she and Jacopo finally make peace and begin a future together.
  • Gaslighting: Over hundreds of years, Morgana convinced Giselle that her memories and love of Michel were not real and that the White-Haired Girl was Michel.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Rather strongly implied through her parting words to Michel, as well as a recurring theme in her backstory. For all her hardships, and as bad as she is with people, she was at her happiest when she had people who cared enough to keep her in their lives.
  • Little Miss Snarker: She has her moments, especially after recovering herself fully.
  • My Greatest Failure: A short story included in Dreams of the Revenants retells her reunion with Jacopo's fractured soul in the golden field from her point of view, and it's revealed that she considers mistaking Jacopo for Barnier to be hers.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: To go with her witch-y nature and blood that is said to heal illnesses.
  • Trauma Button: Meat, due to being forced to eat a human roast by the Evil Overlord.
  • Tsundere: Much more Tsun than Dere, but still.
  • Vengeful Ghost: She haunts the titular house, drawing in the reincarnations of the men responsible for her death so that she can torment them in life and trap their souls after death for her vengeance.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jacopo in her first life.
  • What You Are in the Dark: When her memories return in Reincarnation, she at last admits to herself that she really did love Jacopo, and realises that the root of her woe is that she began her next life without ever having reconciled the staggering trauma that begot – that the architect of her death had been the man she'd loved. In the end, after laying bare their feelings and setting off on a new life together, Morgana reflects that she may be able to return his love for her once more.


Behind the Three Doors

    Mell Rhodes
"Stop... stop having these insane feelings for me! It's disgusting!"
Click here to see Mell in Morgana's time 

An aristocrat boy in 1603 England. In Morgana's time, he was also from an aristocratic family but banished by his uncle.

  • Accomplice by Inaction: He helps keep the secret of Morgana being imprisoned and used for her blood due to being extorted into doing so.
  • Break the Cutie: During Morgana's time.
  • Broken Pedestal: In Morgana's time, Nellie idolizes him as her prince and the best brother ever who would never lie to her. When Michel helps her discover the truth—that he has been helping Lord Jacopo keep Morgana imprisoned—she breaks down and angrily confronts him.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Turns out that Michelle, his crush, was also his half-sister all along.
  • Dirty Coward: Mell's Fatal Flaw is his inability to stand up to others and accept responsibility for his own (in)action.
  • Driven to Suicide: In Morgana's time, he slits his own throat immediately after Nellie dies.
    • As revealed in A Requiem For Innocence, this was also the fate for the Mell of Rose Manor: he fled his family and joined the church after the disaster with Nellie, but began Hearing Voices (rather strongly implied to be Morgana's) and threw himself off a church tower a few years later.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He is blond and one of the nicest characters in the duology, and has to be extorted into going along with villainous deeds.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: One of the themes of Mell's arc - his kindness to others was rooted in this desire.
  • Irony: Mell calls Nellie's feelings for him disgusting as they are siblings, yet he ends up falling for a half-sibling.
  • Leitmotif: "Ephemera" and "Petalouda"
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Nellie. She needs him to stay sane - anytime it looks like he is being taken away, she goes nuts.
  • Older Than They Look: He's seventeen in Morgana's era, but doesn't look much older than his fourteen-year-old sister did in 1603. His much-reduced social standing and even more demure disposition might contribute to this.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Suggested with Nellie at the end of the main game. They do not appear to be related in present-day France, and fate appears to have led them together to become lovers. Subverted in the Reincarnation sequel, as Nellie is distraught to learn the charming schoolboy she's had her eye on is her long-lost biological brother.
  • Riches to Rags: In Morgana's time period, he and Nellie were former nobles forced from their family estate.
  • Surprise Incest: He fell in love with Michelle only for her to turn out to be his half-sister.

    Nellie Rhodes
"Dearest Mell..."
Click here to see Nellie in Morgana's time 

An aristocrat girl in 1603 England. In Morgana's time, she was also from an aristocratic family but banished by her uncle.

  • Arc Villain: She becomes the antagonist of the first Door as she tries to get between Mell and Michelle’s relationship so she can have him for herself.
  • Big Brother Attraction: She turns out to be in actual romantic love with her brother Mell, who does not return her feelings.
  • Break the Cutie: In 1603.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Nellie in 1603. It culminates in her cutting off the White-Haired Girl's hair in a fit of jealous rage and wearing it as a wig.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Disturbingly obsessed with being the most beloved person in the room. Her original self suffered from this as well- considering how she was ill and the only two people she really saw often were Pauline and Mell.
  • Friendless Background: Nellie has no friends other than her brother, who is much more than that to her.
  • Genki Girl: She is very bubbly and jumpy, which tends to annoy Mell sometimes.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: She loves Mell romantically and become envious of Michelle for being his lover.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: In Morgana's time, her love and idolization of Mell seems more partially based out of sheer loneliness more than anything else. Her 1603 counterpart seems to be a Flanderization of the more reasonable, if stressed and confused, version of the original girl.
  • Ill Girl: During Morgana's time, she fell victim to an illness, and everything Mell does is an attempt to cure her. In a case of History Repeats, she died of an illness soon after the events of 1603.
  • Incest-ant Admirer: She's in love with Mell in every incarnation, but he never reciprocates and is always disgusted upon discovering the nature of her feelings.
  • Lack of Empathy: A key distinction between her original and 1603 incarnations. In the latter time period, her obsession with her brother's love drowns out every other feeling. She has no sympathy for anyone else and barely seem to recognize Mell's own agency. Her original self, however, isn't willing to hurt others for her own benefit and she's more aware of Mell's complexities.
  • Laughing Mad: When she pieces together the White-Haired Girl's parentage.
  • Leitmotif: "Ephemera", Cetoniinae, and "Petalouda"
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Her obsession with Mell in chapter one results in her scalping the White-Haired Girl and wearing her hair as a wig in an attempt to win Mell's affection.
  • Princess Phase: Deconstructed. In both 1603 and Morgana's time, her fixation on being a princess is stunting her growth and a sign that she's incredibly immature. It also becomes more apparent that she's less interested in being a princess and more interested in being adored like the archetype.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Suggested with Mell at the end of the main game. They do not appear to be related in present-day France, and fate appears to have led them together to become lovers. Subverted in the Reincarnation sequel, as Nellie is distraught to learn the charming schoolboy she's had her eye on is her long-lost biological brother.
  • Riches to Rags: In Morgana's time period, she and Mell were former nobles forced from their family estate.
  • Yandere: For Mell in 1603. She attacks Michelle and shaves off her hair to make herself look more like the woman that Mell actually has his eyes on, then sneaks up to Mell while sleeping and kisses him.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Nellie very quickly gets over her jealousy that Michel might want to steal Mell from her when her mind wanders to the fantasy of them getting intimate in a suspiciously specific context.


Yukimasa Aida
Click here to see Yukimasa 
Click here to see him as the Swordsman 

A beast that inhabits the mansion in 1707 Amsterdam and takes up the mantle as master of the house.

In reality, he is Yukimasa, a human man driven insane by his urges to kill. In Morgana's time, he was known as "the Swordsman."

  • Accidental Misnaming: Barely anyone is shown to actually remember the Merchant's name, Yukimasa, when he appears in the final chapter as the Swordsman. Possibly justified as most Europeans from the Middle Ages wouldn't be familiar with Japanese names.
  • Arc Villain: Of the second Door, as the beast who murders everyone who wanders into his mansion.
  • Ax-Crazy: He gets a thrill out of killing and torturing people, always claiming that he needs more.
  • The Atoner: After hearing Michel's frightening insight into his heart, his struggle, and the fate awaiting him. For Pauline's sake, he's willing to do the right thing; and for his own, he wants Michel to guide him down the right path. After telling his side of the story, he even offers to give Michel his key outright and submit to death at Michel's hands.
  • Berserk Button: Harming the Nun.
  • The Big Guy: Well built and very tall. Some admiring children at Pauline's church are in awe of the "giant".
  • Blind and the Beast: In the second door, the White-Haired Girl is blind; as the only local not to shun him for his appearance, he allows her to live and they even become somewhat close.
  • Blood Knight: Played for Drama. He is a twisted Serial Killer whose lust for blood wars with his craving for a peaceful life.
  • Bodyguard Betrayal: A heroic example... more or less. As the Swordsman and the lord's bodyguard, he abandons his lord's conspiracy and helps Michel to bring him down, even offering to simply kill him.
  • Cessation of Existence: He's offered this as an alternative to trying to fight his monstrous nature, but is pretty terrified at the thought of his soul being obliterated forever and declines, hoping that his Character Development will be enough to set him on the right path regardless.
  • Character Exaggeration: In-Universe. The swordsman was already living a contradictory existence, aware of his murderous urges but still motivated by a desire for a peaceful life with the Saintess, and so Morgana turned the swordsman's violent tendencies Up to Eleven when she cursed him, damning him to the utterly monstrous state we see him in behind the second door, never to reconcile himself.
  • Dirty Foreigner: How the locals treated him. It doesn't end well for them.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Zigzagged. The one person he cares for is Pauline/Marie, because she restrains his madness. He goes out of his way to help her in any way he can, and he is so distraught by learning that he killed her that his part self is determined to avoid the same fate. He also extends his kindness to Michelle, since she also treats him like a person. However, he is incapable of feeling love, and ultimately discards and kills Pauline (although he didn't realize it was her) in his second life due to replacing her with Michelle and having no need for two tethers. Double subverted when Michel convinces his past self to turn against Lord Jacopo using his relationship with Pauline. Ultimately, he decides to stick around with her in the ending, hoping that she can help him live a normal life.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: His past self may be a Psycho for Hire, but even he is horrified upon learning of the depravity his 1707 self gets up to.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: He's a handsome young man who quickly captured Pauline's heart even in her past life, when she was a nun. He's also a savage serial killer and torturer who revels in causing pain and suffering to people, and requires a Morality Chain to keep these urges in check.
  • Fish out of Water: A Japanese/East Asian man in Europe during the early 18th century would not have been a common sight, even less so during Morgana's time. Humorously lampshaded by Morgana in the backstage:
    Morgana: You, the Japanese guy who barged in out of nowhere in what was a gothic horror game?
  • For Want of a Nail: It's suggested that Morgana herself might have become his tether to humanity had she been more receptive to his overtures during their grim time in the slave caravan. The story would have gone in a very different direction had he been Morgana's steadfast protector instead of Pauline's.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Yukimasa is so depraved in the second door that even his own past self, certainly no saint himself, is left horrified and determined to avert this fate after learning of it.
  • Hearing Voices: In Reincarnation, his urge to do murder is kept in check by his past self reminding him of the vow he made.
  • Heroic Vow: The terrifying glimpse Michel gives him of the monstrous beast he becomes in 1707 compels Yukimasa to hope beyond hope that his next life is a better one. To this end, he engraves upon his soul a solemn vow to never do murder again. He holds to this come Reincarnation, but fails to uphold its spirit until laying bare his violent temptations to Pauline.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Once he starts killing humans, this becomes his main diet.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: How he is killed as the Swordsman.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Enforced by the game's creators as The Swordsman—in that life, he was from "somewhere in Asia/beyond the Silk Road", while in the second chapter he was definitely Japanese.
  • Insistent Terminology: He keeps calling Michel an angel, much to the latter's annoyance.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Both Yukimasa and the Swordsman's preferred method for getting people to talk is breaking their fingers.
  • Laughing Mad: In one of his scenes this goes on for a good couple of minutes.
  • Leitmotif: "Vulpe"
  • Lighter and Softer: The Swordsman in the witch's era. He's still a psychotic Serial Killer, but he's quite a bit more Affably Evil and in control of his faculties than he is as Bestia, and he's motivated by a desire to protect his Morality Chain.
  • Love Makes You Evil: A complex example. He engaged in Morgana's abuse and mutilation solely to keep Pauline's church afloat. Thing is, Pauline, an extremely precious person to him, was all that was keeping his sadistic, murderous tendencies in check, acting as his "tether" to his humanity; Yukimasa was essentially doing evil for a good cause, whose success would keep him from doing even greater evil. Made even muddier in that, after examining his feelings, he concludes that it's not really love that's driving this, but a fundamental need for someone or something to rein in his urges and give him peace.
  • Mask of Sanity: One that he really would like to become, but he can't quite get there.
  • Nothing Personal: To a bound and mutilated Morgana. Despite his claim that he feels no remorse, his understated Motive Rant gives the impression that he felt the need to justify himself a little; all the more so as she is wailing in pain and in no state to register his words. His later confession to Michel also points to this.
  • Past Experience Nightmare: In Reincarnation, he's haunted by his past self's murders.
  • Pet the Dog: Yukimasa massacred the slavers carting him and Morgana off to market because he was enchanted by her voice and wanted to free her. Had she been in a state of mind to acknowledge this, he reflects that in all likelihood he'd have stopped at that and not turned his blade on the slaves out of bloodthirsty sadism.
  • Politically Correct History: Yukimasa's Start of Darkness is partially attributed to racial discrimination, which would have been the norm in 18th century Europe for a non-white person.
  • Resist the Beast: Both Yukimasa and the Swordsman have what they call a "tether" - that is, someone who suppresses their urges to kill. In Yukimasa's life it is first Pauline, then the White-Haired Girl, while in the Swordsman's life it is first Morgana, then Pauline.
  • Sadist: He takes great pleasure in killing and loves the look of fear on his victims’ faces.
  • Sanity Slippage: His entire arc. He only finds solace when the White-Haired Girl shows up at the mansion, albeit briefly. He completely loses it when the White-Haired Girl is murdered by the villagers.
  • Serial Killer: He just can't help himself, unless someone is there to smother the impulse.
  • Slasher Smile: A quite creepy one, too—in both his lives.
  • Token Evil Teammate: After coming around to Michel's side in Morgana's time. Although he's made a turn for the better, he's still happy to torture the wicked lord for his information or to just kill him outright, if Michel gives him the nod.
  • Uncertain Doom: It's unknown what happens to Yukimasa after he confronts the villagers at the end of the second door. The maid does, however, mention that "an entire village was ravaged shortly thereafter."
  • The Unintelligible: Though there turns out to be a very good reason for this, and he does "learn" to speak coherently later.
  • Vigilante Man: A dark example in Reincarnation. He seeks out criminal hotspots and provokes fights with lowlifes to sate his very particular appetite, but things escalate to the point where the violence he inflicts on his would-be assailants far eclipses what their misdeeds invite.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He kills several women, including his own lover.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Not even children are safe from Yukimasa's bloodlust. When a victim of his begs to be spared because she is pregnant, he gleefully exclaims that he'll kill her baby first.

    Jacopo Bearzatti
"Shut up about the tea already! You think we’re having tea parties in there like a bunch of prissy nobles?"
Click here to see him as "Lord Barnier" 

A young, greedy Sicilian immigrant in 1869 America. In Morgana's time, he was a kindhearted peasant who helped her escape an Evil Overlord.

  • A Day in the Limelight: He is the main character of A Requiem For Innocence.
  • The Alcoholic: In A Requiem For Innocence, Jacopo turns into one shortly after the first assassination attempt, as alcohol is the only thing that keep at bay Barnier's disembodied spirit—or, more likely, his own thoughts—from haunting him.
  • Always Save the Girl: Jacopo notes that his slave revolt would have gone smoother had he taken his own advice to Gratien and not picked a fight with the lord, which he did so purely to rescue the bloodied, abused Morgana chained atop her altar.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Once he becomes Lord, he turns into a tyrant like his predecessor, even capturing Morgana to drain her blood.
  • The Atoner: In A Requiem For Innocence, it is revealed that after the events of the main game in which he is finally set free, Jacopo's soul lingers, still shackled to the afterlife but, this time, by his own volition, and he created an illusion of the place he wanted to show to Morgana, a place in which Morgana's soul is drawn to before reincarnating. In this illusion, he makes it clear that he deeply regret his actions and that he wants to atone for his sins. He tells her he loves her, and that he doesn't want her to forget him. While Morgana's states that she still despises him, it is obvious that, deep down, she still feels some affection for him. The two then spend some time in this peaceful space, before moving on to their next lives.
  • The Beard: In Morgana's time, Maria asks him to pretend to be her lover to get clingy clients off her back.
  • Beyond Redemption: Comes to feel this way about himself after imprisoning Morgana.
  • Big Bad: Of the final chapter in the original game and in A Requiem For Innocence: Part II, both of which concern him having become a tyrant and imprisoning Morgana.
  • Bookends: He always told Morgana he'd show her the world, but all she ever wanted was to see their home. This desire takes form in Fragment, which leads into their respective fates in Reincarnation. They end the story making good on that wish, travelling to Italy together and stopping to behold an expanse of golden fields not dissimilar to the illusory realm they both indulged in. Finally at peace, both with their decisions this time around and each other.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Played for Laughs in the backstage extras. He really doesn't like Michel. Played much more seriously in the Pig Iron Manor chapter, where his suspicion that his wife is cheating on him drives him into such a jealous rage that he has her locked up with no contact to the outside world.
  • Death Seeker: Having fallen so far and lost what truly mattered to him, part of him came to welcome the day either a betrayal from his accomplices or a dagger from his past would come to end him.
  • Driven to Suicide: He plans on killing both Morgana and himself after the harvest festival; unfortunately, Morgana dies the day of the festival and he is killed by his subjects.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Big time in Reincarnation. After centuries of torment, regret, and vain atonement, his next life finally gives him the chance to make things right between him and Morgana, who's been thrown back into the sphere of fate with a negligent mother and an abusive stepfather, powerless to change her situation alone. After taking the runaway Morgana in and growing close, their resurfacing memories tear them apart once more, but this time they're able to reunite and truly face their history. In the end, while Michel delivered Morgana the witch, it's Jacopo who saves Morgana the girl.
  • Fatal Flaw: Insecurity. As the Maid put it, Jacopo had a great deal of confidence in his abilities, but not so much in himself as a person. This helps set up Maria's betrayal and his wife leaving him.
  • For Want of a Nail: Morgana reflects on all the roads not taken and how any one of them might have prevented Jacopo from walking to his doom.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: Jacopo leads a revolution that deposes the old lord, the actual Barnier, and is overthrown himself a few years later. The actual Barnier had also overthrown his predecessor.
  • I Hate Past Me: A tragically inverted example. "Lord Barnier" comes to despise the kindhearted Jacopo, and by the time of the main game nearly nothing remains of old Jacopo.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: During Morgana's time. This ends up being his undoing.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He really is trying to support Maria by hiring her as a maid in 1869 era. The problem is, she's fully aware that his family killed hers. Being forced to work for the man who's success comes from her pain doesn't exactly endear him to his old friend.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Peasant Jacopo, before becoming lord, was much more idealistic and kind. The stresses of ruling, assassination attempts by former friends, and Morgana's rejection of him turned him into an angry, cynical ruler.
  • Jerkass: An asshole to everyone around him, including his own wife.
  • The Jailbait Wait: He fell in love with Morgana when she was eleven, and resolved to wait until she was sixteen to confess his feelings. The Reincarnation sequel implies that this will repeat; this time she's already sixteen when they meet, but times have changed since their first life together in The Middle Ages, and the modern incarnation of Jacopo is just as disgusted with his feelings for a minor.
  • La Résistance: Jacopo during Morgana's lifetime was a peasant who led an uprising against the local lord. He later takes the lord's place.
  • Leitmotif: "Ciao Carina"
  • Lonely at the Top: He does become rich and powerful, but dies alone—in both his lives.
  • Marriage of Convenience: What his marriage to the White-Haired Girl appears to be at first.
  • The Mafia: 1869 Jacopo is stated to be one in all but name. Maria flat out calls him one in Requiem's backstage bonus portion.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Happens often concerning Maria, much to his annoyance.
  • Must Make Amends: Too late in the day in Morgana's era. When he abandons his plan to simply off his conspirators in the Saint's Blood ordeal, he resolves to shoulder the sin alone and spurs the people who might have fallen with him to walk a better path. Unfortunately, that's not how that story ended.
  • Pet the Dog: Gets a moment with the White-Haired Girl in chapter three when he gives her the phenokistoscope.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Platonic soulmates with Maria, although it doesn't work out in their first two incarnations.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He mentions that if they run out of workers to build the Transcontinental Railroad, they can simply hire some more "blacks or yellows" to finish the job.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Basically what his entire arc boils down to.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: In A Requiem for Innocence.
  • Rags to Riches: In Morgana's time, he fought his way up from a street rat to nobility.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Gratien's red.
  • Reincarnation Friendship: He and Maria either start out as or become best friends in all three of their mutual incarnations.
  • Reincarnation Romance: He's in love with Morgana in his first life and Michelle in his second life, and he falls for Morgana again in the Reincarnation sequel.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: He only ever shows romantic interest in Morgana and Michelle, who's a part of Morgana's soul.
  • Team Dad: Pretty much functions as this to the girls at the brothel during Morgana's time.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: He catches a juicy one in Reincarnation, after his tragic villainy and failure to make amends in the main game and Requiem. It's Jacopo, rather than Michel, who's there for Morgana in her hour of need and ultimately gives her the means to seize a better life. And in the end, after working through the renewed heartbreak of their memories resurfacing, the two reunite after confessing their feelings and set off to their homeland together.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Both 1869 Jacopo and peasant Jacopo were nice people in childhood, but became hungry for power as they gained more of it.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Morgana in his first life, and with Maria in all three of his lives.

Supporting Characters

    Maria Campanella
"If you're having a good time, what does it matter what's between your legs?"
Click here to see Maria in Morgana's time 
One of Jacopo's maids (actually his childhood friend-turned-enemy) in 1869 and the White-Haired Girl's only friend. In Morgana's time, she worked as a prostitute in the brothel Morgana lived at.
  • Absolute Cleavage: Her outfit in Morgana's time; it's a wonder her dress stays on at all.
  • Aesop Collateral Damage: Maria gets caught up in Morgana's revenge in both of her lives despite being one of the few people that was nice to Morgana (and by extension the White-Haired Girl). Morgana even acknowledges this in the backstage bonus section of the game.
  • Arc Villain: In the third Door, she is the one who manipulates Jacopo into abusing Michelle.
  • The Black Death: Her fate in Morgana's time.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Jacopo kills her.
  • The Chessmaster: The Arc Villain of Jacopo's story, who orchestrated most of his misfortunes.
  • Childhood Friends: With Jacopo. She takes advantage of this in order to take revenge on him.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Maria spruces up her maid costume with some very sexy flourishes (and a more appropriate color scheme) when The Reveal of her villainy comes out.
  • Family Honor: The most important trait to her personally, and the reason for her actions.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: During Morgana's time.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She completely inadvertently nails Michel's insecurities when she says that he "doesn't have the balls" to be sexually aggressive towards a woman.
  • Ironic Name: Named for Mary, the mother of Jesus, when in reality her actions in both her lives are anything but holy. She even lampshades this herself:
    Maria: "Thank you, Maria..."? Ahaha... I’m the "reincarnation of the Mother of God"? Pfffft... Ahaha, bahaha...!
  • Knife Nut: In Morgana's time, she tells Jacopo that she'd rather get a new knife as a gift than a piece of jewelry, and she can give Michel one of her knives that has her name engraved on it. In 1869, she has more of a fixation on guns and bullets, implying she might just have a thing for weapons in general.
  • Leitmotif: "Bianco o Nero"
  • Mafia Princess: What she was supposed to be, until her father and grandfather were assassinated by the Bearzattis.
  • Ominous Message from the Future: In this case, the distant past. Maria stumbles across an archaic message carved into the mansion's bedroom floor, unnerved by how similar the script is to her own. It's a vain plea her original incarnation made centuries before, as she succumbed to plague and was caught in Morgana's curse.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Platonic soulmates with Jacopo, although it doesn't work out in their first two incarnations.
  • Reincarnation Friendship: She and Jacopo either start out as or become best friends in all three of their mutual incarnations. She's also friendly with Pauline in their first and third incarnations.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: She tries to kill Jacopo for what his family did to hers.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Drops F-bombs and the like much more compared to the rest of the cast.
  • Team Mom: She pretty much functions as this during Morgana's time, being the oldest and most experienced girl at the brothel.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Jacopo in all three of her lives.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Her and Jacopo. Jacopo believes they still are right up until he finds out the truth about Maria and his wife's letters.

    Pauline Asama
"I have faith in him. He would never break a promise to me."
Click here to see her as the Nun 

A young woman in 1707 Amsterdam who waits long periods of time for her merchant lover to return to her. In Morgana's time, she was the nun of the church where Morgana was being held prisoner.

  • Accomplice by Inaction: More or less resigns herself to this fate in Reincarnation. She's too deeply in love with Yukimasa to go to the authorities about his violent proclivities, but believes she's as guilty as he is to cover it up. The bargain she wins is that should he ever fall to his bloodthirsty nature, she will be his only victim.
  • Burn the Witch!: She is implied to have suffered this fate as the Nun.
  • But Not Too Foreign: 1707 Pauline is revealed to be half-Japanese on her father's side.
  • Foil: To Yukimasa, despite (or perhaps because of) them being lovers. She travels to the same land and experiences the same kind of discrimination he did at first, but perseveres through her Nice Girl attitude and eventually gets some of the locals to open up to her.
  • Genki Girl: Very friendly and sociable.
  • Gut Feeling: Pauline feels an inexplicable sense of familiarity as she approaches the cursed mansion in 1607.
  • Hoist By Her Own Petard: Her dogged pursuit of Yukimasa leads to a horrible death by his hand.
  • Kill the Cutie: She is stabbed multiple times by the unhinged Yukimasa in chapter two, and is also killed as the Nun.
  • Love Martyr: Always present to some degree, but taken to extreme lengths in Reincarnation: so long as he never finds a replacement for her, Pauline is happy to be the man she love's tether to sanity – as well as his first and final murder should he ever succumb to his lust for blood.
  • Morality Chain: To Yukimasa/the Swordsman. Unfortunately for her, it turns out that she's replaceable.
  • Nice Girl: She is one of the most openly nice characters in the game and as the nun she was an unknowing accomplice in exploiting Morgana and is horrified when the truth is revealed to her. Possibly something of a deconstruction though, as it is pointed out by others that her trusting nature and tendency to believe the best of everyone repeatedly leads her to be misled and put herself or others in a bad situation.
  • Race Lift: In-universe. When she was the Nun, she had mentioned to the Swordsman how nice it would be to be the same race as him, resulting in her being half-Japanese in her 1707 incarnation.
  • Reincarnation Friendship: She and Maria were from the same orphanage in their first incarnations, and they become friends again in their third incarnations.
  • Reincarnation Romance: She falls in love and starts a relationship with Yukimasa in all three of her lives, although he's incapable of reciprocating. She finally learns the truth in their third life, but decides she doesn't care and they agree to keep the relationship going.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ham sandwiches.
  • Wham Line: "I do think the current lord is better than the old lord, though..."

    Didier Bollinger

One of Michel's older brothers.

  • Death Seeker: It's not explicitly stated, but implied, due to his grief and guilt over killing Michel.
    Georges: It wasn't long afterwards that Dee died too. Killed on the battlefield. I was told he died a very noble death, but I couldn't help but think he was in a hurry to escape.
  • Final Boss: In the main game, his spirit is the last obstacle to Michel escaping the mansion.
  • Fratricide: Didier kills and crucifies Michel on orders of the church. He also later destroys Georges' soul, though he was unable to control himself at the time.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Even Morgana is frightened by Didier's spirit since she didn't summon him to the mansion and has no idea who he is.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He justifies killing Michel as protecting the family bloodline; if they were found by The Church to be sheltering Michel, they could all be put to death.
  • Manly Tears: Didier kept his helmet on the entire time during Michel's execution and crucifixion to hide the fact that he was crying during the entire ordeal. He also sheds these in the true ending when Michel finally confronts his spirit.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He felt a great deal of guilt over Michel's death and lampshades this trope in the true ending.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Didier, the proud and buff warrior knight, is the Manly Man to Sensitive Guy Georges, the painter who would rather tend to his artistry than become a knight.
  • Unfinished Business: He and Georges became spirits that are bound to the mansion due to their regret for what they did to Michel. Notably, neither were summoned or bound there by Morgana.

    Georges Bollinger

One of Michel's older brothers.

  • Accomplice by Inaction: He never actively drove Michel out of their house, but he still sat by and did nothing while their family exiled Michel and later had him killed.
  • A Day in the Limelight: The sub-episode The Painting's Soliloquy in Requiem is told from Georges' POV and tells the reader what happened to the Bollinger family after Michel's death.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: He is reincarnated as a painting, fittingly.
  • Death Seeker: Having lost everything that mattered to him, Georges continues to eat Aimee's poisoned food knowing full well it will kill him eventually.
  • Innocently Insensitive: He paints a painting of Michel as a woman on the request of his mother and sends it to the mansion. This causes the intersex Michel's already fragile mental state to shatter almost completely (and is the final catalyst for Morgana to reveal herself to Michel).
  • My Greatest Failure: He airs the many that he has during his Requiem For Innocence chapter, chief among them his treatment of Michel.
  • Revenge: If Aimee kept Georges' final painting, he may have gotten his revenge for her poisoning him.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Georges, the painter who would rather tend to his artistry than become a knight, is the Sensitive Guy to Manly Man Didier, the proud and buff warrior knight.
  • Taking the Bullet: In the true ending, he throws himself in the way of Didier's sword to protect Michel.
  • Unfinished Business: He and Didier became spirits that are bound to the mansion due to their regret for what they did to Michel. Notably, neither were summoned or bound there by Morgana.

    Lydie Bollinger 
Michel's mother.
  • Abusive Parents: She does not intend to be malicious, but she only continues to fuel his breakdown by insisting he's cursed and that he's "still her daughter" in their correspondence.
  • Offing the Offspring: She does nothing to prevent Michel's banishment and execution and even burns his body on the cross.
  • Sanity Slippage: After Michel reveals his true self to her, she slowly starts to lose her mind from the shock.

    Antonin Bollinger 
Michel's father.
  • Abusive Parents: Michel is living in the titular house because Antonin ordered his execution.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: He abused his position to rape Giselle, his servant, over and over, and he is an abusive father to Michel.
  • Hate Sink: He is a corrupt noble who repeatedly raped his servant Giselle and abused his son Michel, and is despised by both of them.
  • Offing the Offspring: When Michel reveals himself to be intersex, Antonin calls him a demon child and orders his execution.

    Aimee Joubert

Georges' fiancee.

  • A Family Affair: She cheats on Georges with his brother, Didier.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: She is a noblewoman who tortures Michel for months and poisons her husband to death.
  • The Chessmaster: In A Requiem For Innocence, Georges wonders if she set Michel's (and consequently Didier's) death in motion by manipulating his mother to have Michel executed.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Despite her sweet appearance, she is actually a very cruel, selfish and sadistic woman.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts like a proper lady of her time when around Michel's family, but drops the act when she isn't.
  • Hate Sink: Aimee is the only character in Fata Morgana that has zero redeeming qualities (aside from possibly Antonin Bollinger). She cheats on Georges with Didier, calls homosexuality disgusting at one point, tortures Michel for half a year, poisons Georges years later, and may have been the driving force behind Michel's execution.
  • Karma Houdini: Gets away with her torture of Michel, her poisoning of Georges and her manipulation of the Bollinger family, even taunting Michel in the backstage portion of the game that she lived a "life of luxury." She may have gotten her comeuppance from Georges, however, if she kept his final painting.
  • Perpetual Smiler: But not in a good way.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: She poisons Georges' food, eventually leading to his death.

    Hayden Rhodes 
Mell and Nellie's grandfather. He is the first owner of the mansion after Michel, in 1591.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's pretty nice and genial to Giselle and helps make her existence in the mansion tolerable. She takes his death rather hard as a result.
  • Driven to Suicide: He strangles himself, unable to deal with the physical and mental anguish of being poisoned by his own family.
  • Foreshadowing: He suggests Giselle build a mental "cocoon" around herself and immerse herself in her role until the one she is waiting for finally shows up, but warns her not to get too immersed in it to the point where she loses herself. Guess what happens?
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He acts as Giselle's mentor for two years, teaching her English and how to act as a proper maid. He is eventually poisoned by his son.
  • Patricide: Strongly implied to have been poisoned by his son.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He has the least "screen time" of all the minor characters but his impact is felt for centuries afterwards.
  • The Unseen: His sprite is never shown in-game.

    Lord Jean-François Barnier
"Silence, cur. I don't recall giving you permission to speak."
The lord of the land, referred to by many as "the second coming of the great tyrant of old". He tortures and murders slaves for his own perverse enjoyment, and he regularly hosts banquets at his estate, inviting other nobles with similar predilections. Barnier killed the former lord, as well as all of his close associates and their families. Only mentioned in the original game, he plays a much larger role in Requiem.
  • 0% Approval Rating: With the exception of his guards and the fellow nobles he cozies up to and invites to his blood banquets, it is repeatedly shown and stated throughout Requiem that everyone hates him and longs for the day he is overthrown. This is why Jacopo is able to get so many supporters for his revolution.
  • Adaptation Expansion: Goes from an important footnote in the main game to a major character in A Requiem for Innocence.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: By far the worst of them all. He is a psychopath who rules his land as an Evil Overlord and tortures a little girl for his blood sabbaths that he holds for fellow nobles.
  • Ax-Crazy: If his portrait didn't give it away immediately, Barnier is a cold, cruel and remorseless tyrant who tortures people, organizes depraved banquets and rules with an iron fist.
  • Bloodlust: Him, and all the nobles that join him in his "banquets", in which he cuts open Morgana so they may drink he holy blood.
  • Big Bad: Of A Requiem For Innocence: Part I, as the tyrant whom Jacopo is trying to overthrow.
  • The Caligula: He is the lord who rules the land and is an absolutely Ax-Crazy, sadistic tyrant who inflicts gruesome tortures on anyone he feels like.
  • Love Confession: With an uncharacteristically sorrowful look on his face, he returns Ceren's in an interesting way.
    Ceren: François... I love you.
    Lord Barnier: ... I will always place myself — the lord Jean-François Barnier — above anything else in the world.
    Ceren: .......
    Lord Barnier: And you second.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played with. He seems to genuinely care about Ceren, treating her rather nicely, being friendly to her, telling her his philosophy, and even going out of his way to protect her. He even bluntly tells her that, after himself, he cares about her more than anything else in the world. That goes out the window when she disobeys his order to stay hidden—he stabs her just to get at Jacopo, cackling all the while. He'd told her beforehand that he would do exactly this if she were to obstruct him during the fighting; she knowingly threw her life away for his sake so that they could die together. Both this and their appearance in the bonus section, where he literally has her bark like a dog, suggests he views her more as a pet that he can order around rather than a true loved one.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Subverted. He draws the line at raping Morgana, but not out of conscience—he finds her hideously scarred body repulsive. He is also indicated to have raped several prostitutes.
  • Foreshadowing: Right before he is killed, he warns that Jacopo will turn out like him due to the stresses of ruling. His words end up coming true.
  • Freudian Excuse: He claims that he was made a madman by his father deciding to give rulership of the land to his siblings, even though he was first in the line of succession. This led Barnier to slaughter his family and discover his sadistic tendencies. Naturally, it does not make him sympathetic at all.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: Barnier overthrew the local lord; he is overthrown by Jacopo.
  • Hate Sink: He is a cruel and insane despot who tortures and kills tons of people for whatever reason, and is the main reason that Morgana turned evil. Naturally, he is widely hated by the people of his domain.
  • Heel Realization: Surprisingly, he seems to have one right before his death. He acknowledges that he was a tyrant and that his end is near, and forbids Ceren from trying to help him (though she tries anyway).
  • Kick the Morality Pet: The one and only person he shows affection for is Ceren, whom he even tries to protect when the peasants invade his castle in revolt. The interlude scenes between them are rather tender and show a softer side of him. But as he himself says, he puts himself first and her second- which he proves when he stabs her for disobeying his orders to stay safe inside, with no remorse whatsoever, even cackling in glee and taunting Jacopo about it.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: He's about to tell Ceren what she is to him, catches himself, and says property.
  • Never My Fault: He blames his family for his sadism and madness because they kept the throne from him despite him being first-in-line to succeed it.
  • Obviously Evil: Between his cold, unblinking eyes, his frequent Slasher Smile, and his general dishevelled appearance, he is pretty clearly Ax-Crazy.
  • Off with His Head!: His ultimate fate is getting beheaded by Jacopo.
  • Pet the Dog: Most of his interactions with Ceren are a twisted application of this, as he is genuinely fond of her and encourages her not to pretend to be anything other than herself (that is, an utterly remorseless creature like himself), but sending her away during Jacopo's overthrow to save her from sharing his fate is a straight example. She is so madly in love with him that she comes back anyway, just in time to die with him.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He is indicated to rape prostitutes whom he forces to service him, including child concubines, something that serves to make him even more evil and depraved.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Assumed by Jacopo to be nothing but another pushover aristocrat, he actually knows how to handle a sword.
  • Sadist: Even more so than Yukimasa, who at least tried to restrain himself—Barnier fully embraces the pleasure he feels from tormenting slaves, rebels, and prostitutes alike.
  • Scars are Forever: Has one on his back from when his family tried to have him assassinated.
  • The Unblinking: Although it's a static Visual Novel and no one's eyes blink, Barnier's eyes remain perpetually wide open like his profile picture to highlight his insane and evil nature.
  • The Usurper: A unique example in that he already had a rightful claim to become lord as he was first in line for the throne, but his father wanted the other siblings to become lord instead, so Barnier killed his whole family to assume power.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He cuts Morgana repeatedly to drink her holy blood, taunts her about it, and is said to have underage concubines whom he presumably rapes as well.

Introduced in A Requiem For Innocence

A bright, spirited sixteen-year-old girl. Though she was taken from her home at a young age, Ceren maintains an outwardly positive outlook on life. It would also appear a certain someone has caught her eye, though she remains mum about who it is.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She doesn't know right from wrong, is incapable of feeling sadness or fear, and always seems to find humor in everything no matter how unfunny the situation may be.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: One reason she's so enamoured with Lord Barnier.
  • Birds of a Feather: In her own way, she's as twisted as her beloved Barnier is.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: With a dark twist.
  • Genki Girl: A deconstruction. She's cheery about just about everything, but it's because she doesn't feel emotions normally, so she doesn't feel anything even when her parents are killed.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Stabbed through the chest by Barnier.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Jacopo assumes it's him, but it ends up she's carrying a torch for Barnier, and thus took the role as his spy.
  • Love Confession: Gives hers to Barnier before the battle in which they both perish. Him halfway returning it gives Ceren her first taste of genuine fear, as she can't fathom living without him; she instead chooses to abandon the safety he'd procured for her in favour of joining him in death.
    Ceren: François... I love you.
    Lord Barnier: ... I will always place myself — the lord Jean-François Barnier — above anything else in the world.
    Ceren: .......
    Lord Barnier: And you second.
  • The Mole: She was sent by Barnier out into the slums to warn him of any unrest.
  • Monster Fangirl: Lord Barnier's only admirer.
  • Off with Her Head!: Jacopo beheads her in order to slit Barnier's throat.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Morgana never learns about Ceren's fate or her true allegiance. Maria learns the former, but pointedly not the latter – Jacopo makes her believe he murdered Ceren, because one more body on Jacopo's mountain of corpses is nothing next to the blow the truth of her betrayal might visit upon Maria.
  • Taking You with Me: Unwittingly—she distracts Barnier long enough to let Jacopo kill him.
  • Together in Death: She wants to be with Barnier forever, and dying together is an acceptable way to achieve this. He even went out of his way to ensure her survival in the rebellion, but she'd rather die with him than go on alone.
  • The Nicknamer: Jacky (Jacopo), Morgs (Morgana), and Boss (Maria)... just to start.
  • The Pollyanna: Though it's due to mental illness.

"The trifecta of twats, more like."
A young man and former slave who takes up residence in the slums after the revolt at the lord’s estate. Gratien, whose ancestors are rumored to have been gladiators, is a rowdy man with unparalleled physical strength, which is what has allowed him to survive so long. Like Jacopo, he despises the lord and his tyrannical rule.

"I implore you to always remain strong and ever high of heart... so that none may drag you down."
A mysterious old man who appears before Jacopo after the revolution and offers to mentor him.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: Jacopo's.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: His death is what truly turns Jacopo's heart cold.
  • Death by Irony: Odilon is eventually killed trying to peacefully defuse a situation with the slum dwellers (people he had shown nothing but contempt for previously), explaining that Jacopo's kindness had rubbed off on him.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Barnier had his entire family killed for daring to disagree with him on an issue.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appears very early on to help facilitate the lord's escape from the slave revolt.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Odilon's disdain of the poor seems to be excessive to Jacopo and the reader, but he ends up being right about being careful of who to trust.
  • Like a Son to Me: Comes to feel this way about Jacopo.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: He teaches Jacopo everything about being a noble and is killed a couple years later.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: He tries to reason with a crowd of belligerent peasants instead of having them dispersed by force, and dies for his mercy. It's suggested he only took this approach because it's what Jacopo would have wanted.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Odilon is only present for a short period of time, but his death causes Jacopo's Start of Darkness.
  • Start of Darkness: His death is the trigger that causes Jacopo to turn from an All-Loving Hero to an Evil Overlord not much better than the original Barnier.
  • The Starscream / Treacherous Advisor: He's the revolution's ally on the inside; Odilon had been plotting Barnier's downfall for a long time.

A cheerful young man who appears in Assento Dele. He is infected with a deadly disease.